One Day by David Nicholls

one day

I actually read this book a few years ago and it’s always been in my top 10 favourite books so you’re probably wondering why I’m only reviewing it now. Well this week seen a new drama ‘The 7.39’ hit our screens on BBC. The writer of course being David Nicholls and that got me thinking how much I loved the book ‘One Day’ (published by Hodder in 2009 – 448 pages) and why it deserves a place on my blog.

Dexter and Emma share on night together on St Swithin’s Day in 1988 after their graduation from Edinburgh University. During that night they make a pact to meet up on the same day every year after that.

Throughout the years the two main characters stick to their word and meet up on that very day. With every new year brings a new story. Be it Emma’s career problems or Dexter’s drink and drug habit they always long for each other. The book takes you through their ups and downs, to London, Edinburgh and Paris and shares with you their down falls and successes. Just when the plot takes a right turn a tragically sad twist will have you actually crying real tears.

They were made for each other, as some unseen force brings them together and the characters are beautifully betrayed.

Even writing this review is making my eyes water. I loved it so much I didn’t want it to end.

Written by David Nicholls, who originally trained as an actor and starred in many dramas before honing his skills as a writer. His first novel ‘Starter for Ten’ was a bestseller and ‘ One day’ was eventually turned into a film in 2011 starring Anna Hathaway and Jim Sturgess.


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